Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction is Nov. 22

Staff reportNovember 1, 2013 

The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame will induct 18 people in its first class later this month, and three of the inductees have Middle Georgia ties.

There are seven Medal of Honor recipients from three different service branches who are scheduled for induction.

One of them is Marine Sgt. Rodney Davis of Macon. He died in 1967 while serving in Vietnam when he threw himself on a grenade to save his fellow platoon members.

There is a life-size statue of Davis, Macon’s only Medal of Honor recipient, in front of the Macon Coliseum.

It depicts him kneeling in his Marine combat gear.

Another Medal of Honor recipient was Gen. Ray Davis of Fitzgerald. During the Korean War, he led his battalion in severe hand-to-hand fighting against a numerically superior enemy force.

Retired Army Sgt. Maj. William A. Connelly of Monticello is another of the inductees.

Connelly is one of only a handful of soldiers ever to be named the highest ranking enlisted person in the Army.

The induction ceremony will be Nov. 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in Columbus.

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